Thursday 1 December 2022
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Wegmans Warns Against $200 Coupon Scam

A new coupon scam claiming to give shoppers a $200 Wegmans coupon is most definitely fake, the Rochester-based grocery store has recently announced.

According to PIX 11 News and the Rochester Business Journal, the coupon reportedly surfaced on Facebook and users quickly began sharing the fraudulent post. After clicking a link and conducting a quick survey, the post read, consumers would be able to claim a coupon, worth $200, for the store.

A Wegmans spokesperson adamantly stated that the store was giving away no such coupon, and it would not be accepting the coupon from consumers who attempt to use it in-store.

A Wegmans employee reportedly spotted the coupon online and alerted the company’s management team, which quickly denounced the coupon’s validity.

“This giveaway is neither affiliated with nor supported by Wegmans,” a statement from the company read. “We’re actively working to have this fraudulent post removed from Facebook. We urge consumers not to click it, share it or provide any personal information.”

Although some consumers would easily identify such a coupon as a “too good to be true” situation, there has been a sharp increase in the number of hackers who successfully manage to create surveys “sponsored by” big corporations like Macy’s and Walmart. To the unknowing eye, these surveys look completely legitimate. Considering that 61% of consumers research products online, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched to find a great coupon online, too.

The surveys typically ask a series of simple questions and then ask for participants to enter their personal information — such as their name, address, and credit card number — in order to claim the coupon. This information is then stolen and used to make fraudulent purchases.

As the Better Business Bureau warned, if a survey-for-savings deal looks too good to be true, then it probably is. “Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions,” the BBB has said.

Consumers should remember to stay away from any surveys that ask for personal information (beyond just an email address), particularly information related to banking or credit card accounts. If you happen to be unsure of a survey, a quick Google search will usually provide some insight into whether the survey is a scam or not.